Garlic Herb Beer Butt Chicken Recipe -
Garlic Herb Beer Butt Chicken Recipe
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Garlic Herb Beer Butt Chicken

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Original recipe makes 2 whole chickens Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs

    2 hrs 30 mins


  1. Rinse chickens and pat dry inside and out with paper towels. Rub skin of chickens with 1/4 cup softened butter. Mix paprika, garlic powder, and black pepper in a small bowl and sprinkle chickens with about half the seasoning mix. Reserve remaining seasonings for later step.
  2. Make a small hole in the skin between the breast and leg of each chicken; use your finger to loosen breast skin and push 1 or 2 cloves of garlic beneath the breast skin. Place parsley, oregano, and thyme in the cavity of each chicken. Let the chickens marinate 1 hour, or up to overnight refrigerated.
  3. Preheat grill for low heat and lightly oil the grate.
  4. Place 2 garlic cloves into each partially full can of beer and remove herbs from chicken cavities; stuff the herbs into the beer cans. Spray each chicken with cooking spray and sit the chickens up on the beer cans, inserting cans into the cavities to hold chickens upright.
  5. Place a large section of aluminum foil on grill; stand chickens up on the foil. Baste chickens with 1/4 cup melted butter and sprinkle with remaining seasoning mix.
  6. Grill chickens until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into a thigh of each bird reads 180 degrees F (80 degrees C), about 2 hours.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 03, 2012

This chicken was phenomenal~ After adding salt! Instead of garlic powder, I used garlic salt. I also used minced garlic under the skin since I didn't have any garlic cloves, and put some of the minced garlic in the can of beer. We put our chicken on a foil lined cookie sheet and placed on indirect heat on the grill. Our chicken was a 5 pounder, we did 1 1/2 hours at 300 degrees, then cranked it to 400 for about 45 min. The chicken came out super moist with crispy golden skin! We will definitely be making this again!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 04, 2015

Very disappointed. I made exactly as directed and this just wasn't tasty for us. The meat wasn't juicy and the paprika was over powering. Maybe I had a sub par organic chicken? I may try this again without the paprika and with the addition of some kosher salt instead. I love garlic, and really wanted to like this recipe.


8 Ratings

Jun 27, 2012

The best thing about any beer can chicken is how moist and tender the meat is - this is no exception. The absence of salt was very noticeable - this really needed a nice sprinkling of kosher salt over the skin. On the grill or in the oven I place the chicken is a heavy metal baking pan. The drippings make a wonderful gravy and all the rendered chicken fat doesn't total the grill.

Jan 17, 2013

I have been searching for a low sodium beer can chix recipe. Some ppl can't or shouldn't have the salt. The others can put it on their plate. Thank you Berube24. I also substituted butter for Canola Oil. Mighty Tasty!

Nov 21, 2013

This was sooo good. I knew it would need salt so I added seasoning salt. I can't believe someone would give this recipe one star without trying it!

Mar 29, 2015

Great recipe, Just pulled it out of the oven , so pretty I posted a pic on facebook !! Great taste and juicy .. sooo juicy , everyone loved it , thanks !!

Jan 12, 2015

The chicken was absolutely terrific -- it was moist and flavorful. I did make two changes to the recipe. Instead of using 2/3 can of beer I mixed it evenly with apple juice. I also used prepared garlic instead of fresh cloves.

Mar 17, 2014

Berube24, Simply Awesome. Have been looking for the perfect Beer But Chicken recipe - AND THIS IS IT!!!!! Moist and full of flavor, the best I have ever had. I even took it to a covered dish dinner at church!! Nobody but the preacher and I knew it was made with beer.


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  • Calories
  • 436 kcal
  • 22%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.7 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 137 mg
  • 46%
  • Fat
  • 27.3 g
  • 42%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 39 g
  • 78%
  • Sodium
  • 161 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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